posted October 14, 2002

Roberta Kraft to Receive State Music Honor

 Roberta Kraft of the Hope College music faculty is receiving a Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Music Teachers Association (MMTA).

She will be honored on Monday, Oct. 21, during the association's 117th state convention, being held on Sunday- Tuesday, Oct. 20-22, at the Valley Plaza Resort in Midland.

Kraft was president of the MMTA from 1998 to 2000, previously serving as vice president for two years. Her activity at the state level has also included serving on the MMTA's 30-member Board of Directors as chair of Student Achievement Testing (SAT) Auditions.

Her association with the MMTA began through the local chapter, Holland Piano Teachers Forum, which was established in 1969 and of which she was a charter member. The chapter affiliated with the state organization in 1971- 72, during the first of three terms that she has served the Holland chapter as president.

Kraft began her involvement with the Student Achievement Testing program through the local chapter. The program now tests more than 4,000 preparatory students throughout the state, stressing not only performances but also music theory, aural awareness, technique and sight- reading. She was local chair of SAT testing for five years.

She received the "Teacher of the Year Award" from the Holland chapter of the MMTA in 1995.

Kraft has taught at Hope since 1975, and maintains a private studio. She also performs actively with Hope students and faculty, as well as with her husband, George, with whom she has given roughly 300 programs.

She has taught public school in the Junction City, Kan., Holland and Saugatuck-Douglas school systems. She is a performing member of St. Cecilia Music Society of Grand Rapids, and a member of the American Guild of Organists and The National Guild.

She earned her bachelor of music education degree at Wheaton College and a master of music degree at Indiana University.

The MMTA has approximately 900 members, who are teachers at colleges and universities or teach in private studios. The MMTA is one of the largest of the 50 state organizations affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association, which has 24,000 members.

The MMTA was founded in 1885. The association seeks to promote and encourage the understanding, appreciation and study of the art of music; to elevate the economic and artistic standards of teachers of music; and to promote a closer professional fraternity.